VIN LAMS400-1020: Potbellied Pig FUNdamentals

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Presenters: Jean Feldman DVM and Stacey Byers DVM, DACVIM
Course Open: October 9-November 4, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sundays, October 18 and 25, 2020; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff actively interested in the basics of potbellied pig care and medicine.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-43808)

Course Information:
Potbellied pigs are becoming popular companion animals and are being welcomed into more households each year. Most owners and breeders consider them to be like a pet dog or cat. Their biology and medicine are very different from small animals and this course is designed to help make veterinarians and their staff and team more confident in working with potbellied pig patients and their owners.

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 18, 2020): Potbellied Pigs I
Presenters: Jean Feldman and Stacey Byers
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • perform a thoughtful clinical examination of a potbellied pig.
  • use the proper restraint needed to perform various common procedures, including drawing blood, performing a physical examination and trimming feet.
  • discuss appropriate housing and fencing.

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 25, 2020): Potbellied Pigs II
Presenters: Jean Feldman and Stacey Byers
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • identify common medical and surgical problems in potbellied pigs.
  • discuss anesthetic protocols and common surgical problems commonly encountered in potbellied pigs.
  • demonstrate IV, SC, and IM injection locations and where to draw blood and place an IV catheter.
  • list drugs commonly used in pigs.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Jean Feldman is a practicing veterinarian living in Western New York State. She started a mobile, large animal veterinary practice in 1985, caring for horses, llamas, cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. Her undergraduate work was done at D'Youville College (BA in Biology) and her DVM degree was conferred by Cornell University.

Stacey Byers obtained her DVM from Washington State University and completed her agriculture animal internship and residency at WSU as well. She is boarded in large animal internal medicine (ACVIM). Dr. Byers is an Associate Professor at St George's University School of Veterinary Medicine teaching in the Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Department. She also serves as a Consultant in the Ruminants and Swine folder on VIN. Previously Dr. Byers worked at Colorado State University in the Livestock Medicine and Surgery department and operated a livestock-oriented ambulatory practice.

Total CE Credit: 4

Tuition: Member $92 ($83 early bird special if enrolled by September 27, 2020)
Non-Member $169 ($152 early bird special if enrolled by September 27, 2020)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 16, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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"This program (22-43808) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 4 CE Credits, with a maximum of 4 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Medical, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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